An April Fool at the National Gallery

Last week , there was another incident involving bare breasts and protests at a District museum – and it wasn’t a nurse-in at the Smithsonian.

Gauguin - Two Tahitian Women - National Gallery of Art
Two Tahitian Women, Paul Gauguin, 1899 (Courtesy of National Gallery of Art)

On April 1st, a woman attacked a famous painting by Paul Gauguin – “Two Tahitian Women” – on display at the National Gallery of Art.

It was no April Fool’s prank – more like  a crazed rant. The woman allegedly tried to pull the painting off the wall, shouting “This is evil.”

She was still pounding on the plexiglas protecting the painting when she was tackled by a tourist and detained by security.

Her reasoning, released in court documents this week:

“I feel that Gauguin is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children…I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”

Okay, nothing reasonable there.

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